After scoring two goals in Brazil’s 5-1 victory over Bolivia, Neymar moved over Pele to become the country’s male all-time leading scorer.
The forward, who is 31 years old and was level with the icon Pele on 77 goals going into the World Cup qualifying match, missed a penalty before scoring twice in the second half in his 125th appearance in the game.
“I could have never guessed that I would attain this record. He said, “I’m no better than Pele or any other player on the national team.” Pele was one of the players on the team.
Marta has played 189 times for Brazil’s women’s national team and has scored 122 goals for them, setting a new record in the process.
Pele, who passed away in December at the age of 82, had a career scoring total of 77 goals in 92 matches played between 1957 and 1971. It was generally agreed upon that he ranked among the very best football players who had ever taken the field.
Neymar’s accomplishment was recognized on the official account that he maintains on social media site X.
“Congratulations, Neymar, on passing the King as Brazil’s all-time leader in goals scored. “I’m sure Pele is cheering you on right now!” the message added.
The coach of the Brazilian national team, Fernando Diniz, commented that the player had “come to do what he did,” which was “have fun, score two goals, and break the record.”
When Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in 2017 for a transfer fee of £200 million, he became the most expensive player in the world.
During the summer, he made the move to play for Al-Hilal, which is a team in the Saudi Pro League.
Diniz continued by saying, “He is a very big idol, and people need to recognize him and accept him.”
In other news, Uruguay’s new head coach, Marcelo Bielsa, led his team to a 3-1 victory over Chile in the opening game of their South American qualification campaign. Bielsa formerly coached Leeds United.